July 26, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Jarret Johnson (96) during a break in drills during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Jarret Johnson, Eddie Royal and Jared Gaither Not Expected to Play Thursday


With Jarret Johnson on the sideline for Thursday’s game, who will get the start at outside linebacker? Will that go to Antwan Barnes or will we get to see the rookie Melvin Ingram out with the first team? We should see plenty of Ingram on Thursday, but it would be awesome to see him out there with the number ones. Johnson has been sidelined with a tight hamstring.

There has been a lot of buzz around the pickups by A.J. Smith in the offseason, but we will have to place our enthusiasm on hold for Johnson and Eddie Royal. Royal has been sidelined with a strained groin and has been slowly working his way back into practice. He has done some work on the side, but he needs to make sure that he is 100% for the start of the season, During OTAs, Royal was drawing lots of praise from players on the team and his coaches for his skills in the slot. We all are still waiting to see those skills on display.

The biggest injury concern is out left tackle Jared Gaither. Gaither has been inactive with back spasms and he will not participate in the game on Thursday. The starting gig will probably be given to undrafted free agent Mike Harris while Gaither is out of commission. There still is no timetable for Gaither’s return, but fans are getting impatient on the big fella.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

    Whats the latest on Meachem?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

      I saw the tweet of Adam Schefter saying Meachem’s knee is injured, but on the North County Times it shows Meachem’s gonna play Thursday….Anyone have the inside scoop??

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        He will play. He bruised his knee that day, but came out to practice the next day

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

          Thanks!! I caught it after reading further thru the site…keep up the gr8 work here!!!!! Go Chargers!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MachoMenos61 Edward Moretti

    Not happy about Gaither’s lingering back problem but I’m okay with Royal and JJ sitting out. JJ has his spot cemented in the lineup and the guy doesn’t miss games so we get to see more of Ingram and also get to see what a healthy English can do. Royal pretty much has the slot receiver spot sewn up so let’s see what Parrish, Spurlock and Willie can do. Would love to see Rivers and Meachem connect on a long one, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.flores.39904 Sam Flores

    The guys like 9 feet tall man.. Cut him some slack! He got the job done last year, did you forget? He can miss all of preaseseason for all i care! as long as hes ready for the regular season…. Its all good! Get better Jared.

  • ravenqueen

    Gaither is pulling the same sH*t now as he did in Baltimore

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      thats what we were scared of!!! he got paid then he goes and does this stuff